Framing a new attic hatch

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Old 03-18-16, 08:35 PM
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Framing a new attic hatch

I've got a small attic with no insulation in it. Since I have to cut into it to add insulation, I'd like to add a permanent access hatch. This thread made me a bit nervous though. Presuming I have 16" spaced joists, I'd be perfectly happy with a 14.5" hatch but apparently thats not alright.

I've googled but can't seem to find a good guide on how to frame the hatch properly. Can anyone describe how to do it or point me to a reference?
 
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Old 03-19-16, 04:12 AM
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First off, you can't "presume" anything in construction. It is what it is. What is your joist spacing? I am not sure why the thread mentioned would make you nervous. Trusses will most likely be on 24" spacing. If you have 16" spacing it would more than likely be stick built and of 2x6's or larger. Use a stud finder to locate the joists and report back the actual spacing. We can walk you through it.
 
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Good news! Looks like I jumped the gun. They're 24" spacing. Thanks!
 
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Good to go, then..........
 
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